As you know
we have just formally launched the USAA Mamanua and Manobo Scholarship
Program on May 10th at the 23rd Anniversary Ball in New Jersey.
On the 9th of June, our first Mamanua scholar, Gina Hukman, will
start school at St. Paul's College in Surigao City. She is enrolled
in the Bachelor of Arts program.
and realization of the Scholarship Program is made possible by the
dedication and efforts of various individuals within and outside
of the organization. I would like to acknowledge and thank them
for their valuable contribution to the project.
Teresita M. Vales.
President of the USAA.
She is of one heart and mind with us in this undertaking. Her
tireless support and guidance of this project, since its inception,
M. Ang, Felino A. Catelo, Ariel F. Silvosa, Alfonso A. Iriberri.
The USAA Scholarship Committee.
Intelligent, creative, compassionate, and generous, they have
always found the time-despite their busy schedules-to attend the
meetings I set-up and to complete their assigned tasks. I give
special thanks to Nanie for being so gracious and never complaining
about the rush jobs I assigned her, when we were creating the
and Aurora Santiago.
Donors and Advisers.
Aside from their generous contribution, a vote of confidence
for this project, Rory has helped polish the final version of
Senior Analyst at the Department of Trade, Surigao City.
When Baby Vales and I were still brainstorming ideas for this
project, I called Tony immediately to sound it off. He loved the
idea and assured me that he would help me get whatever I would
need in Surigao. True, to his word, he assembled us a list of
contacts and the best times for us to reach them. There were times
when landlines and cell phones did not work in Surigao, I would
send an email to whom ever I wished to contact there, care of
Tony and he made sure it gets immediately delivered. Tony and
I are so much alike, we believe that if there is a will, there
will always be a way. I want to thank him with all my heart as
this project could not have taken off so quickly without his invaluable
Public Health Nurse, NCIP, Surigao City.
Gerlie was the first person on Tony's list of contacts. Gerlie
is perfect for this job as she has a very kind heart and a lot
of patience. There were times she would go to Mamanua communities
in the hinterlands in a storm and cross flooded rivers just to
get information for us because we had deadlines to meet. The committee
depended on her to come up with a list of Mamanua candidates to
the scholarship program taking into consideration our criteria
for the selection of scholars. She also did for us the canvassing
of local colleges and researched school costs. We are going to
ask her help once again in orienting the scholar to city and college
life, as well as monitor her physical well-being and her performance
Graduate student at the University of the Philippines.
Marites, despite her very busy schedule at work and school, found
the time to brief me on her research on the indigenous people
of Surigao. She sent us the resource materials she used for her
thesis so Nanie and I would have some background information on
the Mamanua and Manobo for the brochure we were writing.
Mother to Boy Iriberri.
She was a godsend, as we were ready to defer the Manobo portion
of the scholarship because of the difficulty of putting together
a list of Manobo candidates, who are 100% full-blooded. We would
have had to wait until a committee member would have gone home
to Surigao and do the gathering of data. Instead, Mrs. Iriberri
sent us a short list of candidates, complete with the required
Head, NCIP, Surigao del Sur.
Like Gerlie, Charlene is committed to our cause. She patiently
answered my never ending questions about the Manobo culture, the
size of the Manobo population in Surigao Sur, the total number
of graduating seniors who would want to continue on to college,
and school costs of local colleges. She also compiled us a list
of 100% full-blooded Manobo candidates to the Scholarship Program.
He is temporarily helping us out with the enrolment of Gina Hukman
at St. Paul's College and assisting us in setting up her bank
account at PNB in Surigao. He is always ready to help run our
errands in Surigao and has kept his composure inspite of my numerous
and exacting demands.
She is our temporary representative in Surigao Sur. She has accommodated
our numerous requests wholeheartedly and have volunteered good
advice on the handling of some sensitive issues regarding the
Manobo Scholarship program.
Editor, International Programs of the USDA Forest Service.
Our first editor for the brochure. She did the beautiful artwork
in the brochure, helped put it together and printed it as well.
She also did a wonderful job with creating my PowerPoint presentation
that showcased the project at the induction ball on May 10th.
Lead Economist, The World Bank.
Adviser and second editor for the brochure. All I can say is that
Vic is never too busy to help the cause of the under-priviledged.
He has always been there to lend me his brains, so to speak, when
I am at a loss for words and ideas.
USAA Scholarship Committee